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Need Bike Light Recommendations...(9 posts)

Need Bike Light Recommendations...peterkg
Sep 26, 2002 8:45 AM
I need a bike light that will get me home safely on the evening commute (daylight savings coming up in a month or two) and that can serve double duty on the mountain biking trails (evening rides and 24hr races). I'm definitely going with HID, but which brand? Helment or bar mounted? Thanks!
re: Need Bike Light Recommendations...MJ
Sep 26, 2002 8:48 AM
re: Need Bike Light Recommendations...Ian
Sep 26, 2002 8:58 AM
I have the Light and Motion ARC Cabeza. I have used it for off road night rides and night time road rides. It lights up everything. I have the helmet mount which I prefer off road. I had borrowed a friend's Niterider Storm when I was shopping, but the head was so heavy, my helmet kept slipping and my neck hurt. The ARC is a much lighter unit.

From what I've heard, Light and Motion is the way to go. (nm)js5280
Sep 26, 2002 9:41 AM
HID rocks, wish I could afford it :-(
re: Need Bike Light Recommendations...rtyszko
Sep 26, 2002 10:09 AM
Ideally you'd want both handle bar mount and helmet mount. Having said that, I use just the handle bar mount single NiteRider and it rocks (I'll spend some more dough to add the helmet mount sometime). I've had it for 3 years or so and it's been super. Worth the money. Don't skimp on what you spend because they will last. I'd contact an LBS who might rent them for an especially good deal or even Ebay.

Bob T.
re: Need Bike Light Recommendations...desert-rider
Sep 26, 2002 10:13 AM
I use a NiteRider Digital Headtrip, and it works great for me, both road & mnt biking. It's light enough to mount on the helmet, and I can turn it down to 10W for a longer burn time on the road. (it has a 15W setting I use for technical stuff on the mnt bike). I find a helmet-mount works better for mountain biking, as you can scan the trails ahead w/o turning the handlebars. (has never made much difference to me on the road)
One thing to consider, if you're going to use it for 24 hour races.....choose a manufacturer that usually shows up to races. They will bring 'quick-charge' systems for their batteries, which will fully charge your battery in ~2hrs. NiteRider bailed out of the 24 Hrs of Idyllwild, so I'm scrambling to get spare batteries from friends (one battery will not recharge enough between laps). FYI - Nite Pro sponsors the 24 Hours of Adrenaline series, and both NiteRider & Light and Motion sponsor the Granny Gear run series (Moab, Tahoe, & Snowshoe)
re: Need Bike Light Recommendations...clintb
Sep 26, 2002 10:44 AM
Light and Motion ARC or the ARC Cabeza. I only use the ARC for road riding, but it's easily THE BEST bike related investment I've made. People will confuse you with a motorcycle and you'll see the road. Off road it's just as good. If only L&M would make a rear light that hooked in with the main battery. That's the one and only advantage that I've seen from Nightrider. How can anyone argue with 3.5hr charge time and 3 to 3.5hr run time? Two batteries and you're set for the 24hr events, but maybe 3 just to be sure.

Check the ARC's reviews over on Nothing but 5's all the way.
A commuter perspectivePdxMark
Sep 26, 2002 12:17 PM
From a commuter perspective, not trailriding...

The Niterider rear light is a very nice complement to the headlight. The rear light probably decreases battery time, but is the brightest rear light I've seen.

The Niterider digital systems seem to do well to protect the battery from being excessively drained, which supposedly can decrease battery life. From some reading, NiCad batteries, while heavier & environmetally less friendly, have better power characterisitcs than NiMH batteries. The Niterider digital, due I think to the taillight, will sometimes think the battery is lower than it actually is, and shut-off the headlight prematurely. I unplug the battery from the headlight, and plug it back in to re-set it. A nuisance, but a worthwhile compromise for me.

The bar-mount is nice for commuting because the generally steady direction of the beam is easier for cars to see. Others like a helmet mount for commuting because they can "flash" drivers on cross-streets to get their attention. My 10 or 15 watt settings in a bar mount are bright enough that no-one seems to have missed them yet.

One thing that is striking, though, after seeing bikes come at you with other high-brightness lights, t's amazing how nearly invisible the low light/LCD headlights appear afterwards.
Marwi Pro EliteStewK
Sep 26, 2002 1:55 PM
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